Monthly Archives: August 2017


Much of the American public is already wearying of news from Houston and the Gulf Coast. But the real story of the devastation will only be revealed as the waters recede. I find myself bracing for much more heartbreaking news. Living through this disaster and through the inevitable ups and downs of the recovery process … Continued

Light-Hearted Buddhism

Let’s explore Buddhism with simple texts and drawings. . . . . “Bunny Buddhism: Hopping Along the Path to Enlightenment” by Krista Lester The cuteness of bunnies meets the wisdom of Buddhism in this irresistible, inspirational guide, based on a popular Twitter feed of the same name.  Whether you’re a fan of cute bunnies or … Continued

September: Phyllis Meyer

Phyllis Meyer is an award winning, full time artist known for her singular and personal style. She is a shape painter and enjoys exploring new techniques, media and subjects. Working in acrylic, watercolor and mixed aqueous media she paints abstractions often which include birds. Design and vibrant colors are primary in her work which exhibits … Continued

A Theology Adequate for the Night

The eclipse is now old news, dimmed by the daily rush of images and messages in our politics and happenings in our personal lives. Yet I remember the power of the gathering darkness and the stillness as the world seemed to enter a time-out-of-time. One person I spoke with described the experience of watching the … Continued

Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

The Palestinian/Israeli conflict is long and complicated.  Two new books bring new insights to this difficult reality. Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation  -edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of … Continued

Beautiful Monuments

History, so the saying goes, is written by the victors. People of color in this country know that the North won the Civil War on the battlefield, but we also know that white nationalism won the peace. From the failure to distribute land to the formerly enslaved people as promised (“40 acres and a mule”), … Continued


JUSTICE – a complex topic. Two new books tackle the concept.  One looks at the concept philosophically; the other reports on actual cases where justice was initially denied, then ultimately reached. “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”  by Michael J Sandel Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise―an essential new addition to the small shelf of … Continued


Aretha Franklin got it so right. “All I want is a little respect.” And then, just in case we didn’t get the point, she sang out that yearning and that demand over and over…”give it to me, give it to me, give it to me…a little respect, just a little bit.” Amen. I was called … Continued

Family Forward Oregon

This month we share our offering with Family Forward Oregon. Family Forward’s mission is to ensure more women and families are economically secure—with a particular focus on public education around the issues that prevent economic security, particularly for women.  Family Forward provides education on topics such as equal pay, affordable childcare for Oregonians, paid family … Continued

Glad to be Back

I am glad to be back in Portland and glad to be turning my attention to the coming church year at First Unitarian. My brief return to the UUA as one of the three Interim Co-Presidents was very challenging and much appreciated. That service ended in New Orleans on June 25 with the election of … Continued